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Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin was a French watchmaker, magician and illusionist, widely recognized as the father of the modern style of conjuring. He transformed magic from a pastime for the lower classes, seen at fairs, to an entertainment for the wealthy, which he offered in a theatre opened in Paris, a legacy preserved by the tradition of modern magicians to perform in tails... Read More

BornJean-Eugène Robert
December 7, 1805
Blois, France
DiedJune 13, 1871 (aged 65)
Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt, France
OccupationMagician, illusionist, inventor, and clockmaker
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